Rochester, NY is usually a little behind the rest of the country when it comes to welcoming in the warmer weather of spring. Our winters are cold and long, so while the near record-setting temperatures today are a welcome change, I was devastated to find that at some point over the winter my trusty air conditioner had died. With temperatures pushing 88 degrees Fahrenheit today I very quickly called my shop and scheduled a diagnostic appointment. Then I started Googling potential COD's for my AC.
There are a number of helpful sites about trouble-shooting air conditioning problems and even some do-it-yourself sites for those of us in need of help staying cool.
My best find of the day, though, was a "helpful tips" article about how to cool yourself down in your car without AC. While very creative and resourceful, I still think it'll be worth every cent to have some cold air blasting out of my vents come August. Here's my favorite one: A 10lb block of ice on the floorboards under a vent will help cool things down. The ice block can rest in a plastic pan or baking tin. Opening a window a little will help with air flow. This was Arizona AC in the 40's and 50's.
P.S. Make sure to check out the third bullet point under the Warnings section.